Friday Face-Off: Smoke

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“Where there’s fire there’s… ”

This weeks theme: A cover featuring smoke.

My Choice: The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Happy 4/20!!!!

For those of you that don’t know, in the USA, April 20th is “weed day.”  In Colorado weed is legal so on 4/20 there are huge rallies and parties downtown where everyone gets high.  I don’t do weed (in any form) so I won’t be participating but I know a few people who will be lighting up today.

I don’t know if it was planned or not, but “smoke” is a fitting theme for 4/20 haha.  I couldn’t find a good cover for smoking weed, so I chose a cover with just normal smoking.  The classic Sherlock Holmes!

Covers:

Penguin Books Limited 1981 | Penguin Books 2009 | Penguin UK 1983 | Thomas & Mercer 2012
Bantam Classics 1986 | Simon & Schuster UK 2012 | Barnes & Noble Classics 2011 | General Press 2015
Bedford Park Books 2010 | Top Five Books 2014 | ? 2016 | ? 2014
? 2016 | Doubleday 1960 | Mapleleaf Books 2013 | AB Books 2018
Barnes & Noble 2015 | Newton Compton 2009 | Vintage Classics 2009 | Bantam Doubleday 1992
? 2013 | Dorset Press 1988 | Book House 2016 | Gramercy Books 2002
Doubleday & Company 2009 | ? 2015 | Geddes & Grosset 2002 | MobileReference 2008

Goodreads has 318 different editions of The Complete Sherlock Holmes! I picked the first ish 28, and am going to pick from those! But there are TONS of other covers!

Top 8:

The way I normally format these posts I usually pick a top 4, but I couldn’t decide on only 4!

Winner:

I couldn’t decide on just one! I really like simplicity of the first one, but I love the overall feel of the second! They are both awesome!

Which cover is your favorite? Do you agree with my picks?

 

Friday Face-Off: Panorama

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“Lawns and rocks and heather and different sorts of trees, lay spread out below them, the river winding through it”

This weeks theme: A cover featuring a panorama.

My Choice: Walk Two Moons

Covers:

HarperTrophy 1996 | HarperCollins 2011 | HarperTeen 2003 | HarperCollins 1994
Editra Arthur 2015 | Macmillan Children’s Book 2007 | MacMillan Publishing Company | نشر چشمه – کتاب ونوشه 2007
Mizan Pustaka 2003 | Macmillan Children’s Books 2001 | Destino 2011 | Mondadori 1998
Kluitman 2013 | Alma Littera 2001 | Minerva Nova 2004 | มติชน 2003
Biryongso/ Tsai Fong Books 2009 | Martins Fontes 2006 | Olympia 2001 | Fischer (Tb.), Frankfurt 2000

Walk Two Moons has a good mixture of really good covers and really bad covers. It has been so long since I read this book, that I don’t remember anything about it, other than that I had to read it for school and it wasn’t that bad.  I know I read the HarperCollins 1994 edition.

Top 4:

Winner:

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I really really like the blues and the silhouette of the girl!  I like the original cover because it actually has two moons, but this cover is overall better and still has a really great moon!

Which is your favorite? Do you agree with my pick?

 

Friday Face-Off: Family

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations”

This weeks theme: A cover featuring family.

My Choice: Saga #1

Covers:

First Print | Second Print | RRP Variant
Third Print | Fourth Print | Fifth Print

Ok so this one ended up being a little lame, but I got really excited because I love Saga! I looked through all the other issues and #50 is the only other cover with all three family members, and it only has 2 covers , the normal one and a virgin cover (meaning there is no writing)

Its kind of boring that all the different prints have the same cover and that only changed the color of the title (I like the 3rd print best) so my overall favorite is:

RRP Variant

While I like the original cover cuz its so controversial and awesome with her breastfeeding, Alana is just so fierce on this cover I love it!

Which do you like best? Have you read Saga? (Its awesome!!!)

Friday Face-Off: Seeds/Spores

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“A little soil to make it grow”

This weeks theme: A cover featuring seeds/spores.

My Choice: Nim’s Island

(I googled it and coconuts are a seeds!!)

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Source: Science ABC

Covers:

Yearling 2002 | Yearling 2008 | Puffin 1999
Knopf 2001 | Blackstone Audiobooks 2008 | Luis Vives 2008
Puffin 2008 | Edelvives 2014 | Zielona Sowa 2008

My Favorite:

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This is probably an unpopular choice because a lot of people don’t like movie covers, but I just love how much spunk the little girl has, and its really the only cover that captures the adventure!

Which one is your favorite? Do you agree with my choice?

 

 

Friday Face-Off: Tower

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but up-kept by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“When she was a child, the witch locked her away in a tower that had neither doors nor stairs.”

This weeks theme: A cover featuring a tower.

I made the mistake of blog hopping before writing my post today and I saw that both The Bibliosanctum and Books, Bones, and Buffy chose Uprooted this week.  I LOVE Uprooted and now I really want to use that as my choice, but I had only ever seen one cover and didn’t realize there was a tower on that cover, and I never would have chosen it myself.  So, I will choose something else but I want to give a shout out too those two for their awesome book choice!

My Choice: The Two Towers

Covers:

Houghton Mifflin 2012 | Harper Collins 1999 | Houghton Mifflin 1999 |Mariner 2003
Ballantine 1965 | Mariner 2005 | Minotauro 2001 | Del Rey 1986
Harper Collins 2012 | Harper Collins 2001 | Houghton Mifflin 1988 | Ballantine 1984
Martins Fontes 2000 | Houghton Mifflin 2001 | Ballantine 1977 | Unwin 1981
Klett Cotta 2013 | Unwin 1974 | Ballantine 1973 | Bompiani 2001
Harper Collins 2013 | Del Rey 2000 | نهضة مصر 2009 | Del Rey 1986
Harper Collins 2002 | Houghton Mifflin 2002 | Allen & Unwin 1966 | Mladá fronta 1991

 


There are a LOT of covers for this book! I didn’t even include them all! I picked the first 28 unique ish ones from goodreads.  There are a lot of good ones, but here are my 4 favorites:

It is super hard to pick just one!! I really like all four and they are all really different!  I think I am going to have to go with the third one, because it feels the most Tolkien-eske, but the fourth one is a close second.

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Which one do you like best?  I included the publishers this week because there are so many covers!  Have you read The Two Towers?

Update: Book Wraiths and Every Day Should Be Tuesday also chose The Two Towers! (I promise I didn’t see their posts before I picked it!) Go check out their posts too! They both featured some really cool covers that aren’t listed above! I think my new favorite is one that Book Wraith’s found:

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Friday Face-Off: Doll or Puppet

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but up-kept by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“I got no strings to hold me down”

This weeks theme: A cover featuring a doll or puppet.

My Choice: A Little Princess

Covers:

 

There were a lot of covers for A Little Princess! Here are my least favorites:

These are my favorites:

This was a super hard decision because there were so many good covers! But I think my favorite is this one:

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I don’t usually like baby pink but it works nicely with the blue.  Plus this cover captures the time period without being tacky or seeming too old.  Its very timeless.

Which cover do you like best? Let me know in the comments!!

Friday Face-Off: Greek

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but up-kept by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“The only true wisdom is to know that you know nothing”

This weeks theme: A cover featuring something from Greek mythology.

My Choice: The Sea of Monsters

Not gonna lie this was a tough one for me to find a cover for.  At first I couldn’t think of anything except Hermes and his winged shoes, but I couldn’t think of a book that I have read that would have a picture of him. (I know it doesn’t have to be a book I have read but I like it to be) Next I thought of “cheating” a bit and just using a cover with a sword, but that felt like a cop out.  After that I came up with “An Ember in The Ashes” which has a Greek Vibe or “The Odyssey” which is Greek but I have used both of those covers already.  My next thought was Hercules but google told me he was Roman.  Finally I remembered Percy Jackson was the son of Poseidon and Poseidon is Greek! So those covers have to count! I chose the second book because it has a cyclops which is cooler than just some lightning.

Covers:

Winner:

Sea01

This is hands down the winner for me.  My favorite three covers are the first, second and sixth.  The rest don’t have monsters which I think is a waste (tho I do like the blues and greens)  I like this one best because the monster is HUGE but kind of hidden as well.  I like that the kids are silhouetted so you can still use your imagination on what they look like.  Finally I like the ship on this cover way better than on the second cover.